P cervinus Deer Shield

P cervinus                                                      Deer Shield                                                       


Found on dead wood, of broad-leaved trees, even sawdust. On the recorded sites this species favours mainly oak. The cap varies from 30-150mm across, initially bell shaped, then convex to flattened with a dark bump in the centre, the radiating streaks can vary from a few to many. The highly variable colour is typically dark brown but can be encountered in lighter hues. The felted centre is greasy when wet.